„Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, — all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked, — who is good? not that men are ignorant, — what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.“

—  William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, libro The Souls of Black Folk

Origine: The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Ch. XII: Of Alexander Crummell

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